More Laborers for the Harvest
By Pastor Rachel
As Paul began his third mission journey, continuing to strengthen all the disciples, Pricilla and Aquila remained in Ephesus. It was a new mission field, and new workers were provided.
1. Priscilla and Aquila
This is a couple who serves God with their hearts. In Corinth, when Paul was struggling financially, this couple opened their house to him and labored with him, in their trade of tentmaking and in the gospel. Active in the ministry, Priscilla and Aquila traveled with Paul to Ephesus and ended up hosting a church there. Just when Paul was perhaps a bit down and discouraged, God provided this remarkable couple who were willing to risk their lives for him, therefore Paul said “not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.”
Apollos was an educated and eloquent man who had a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures but knew only John’s baptism. He didn’t know the baptism associated with the work of the Holy Spirit which brings transformation and a new life. As Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they realized his lack of training. They invited Apollos to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately, and Apollos received the Word of God with a humble heart. God provided new workers for the new mission field, and they worked in unity.
3. A healthy and supportive church
When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. There was no jealousy within this church, but only humble hearts and support for each other. No one of them could’ve done God’s work alone; God put them together to build the church and see the harvest.
4. Different talents working together
God called Paul, Apollos, Aquila and Priscilla together: Paul was a passionate missionary, Apollos watered the seed that Paul had sown, as for Priscilla and Aquila, they settled down and opened their home to nurture the church. Each one was indispensable. God has given you a distinctive spiritual gift. Pray and ask Him about it. Use it. You are needed.
God has provided laborers for the harvest in the past, so He will do for our generation. Let us be encouraged by this, and respond when God calls us to be his laborers. Let us build a healthy and supportive church together.